An image of Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) appears on the 50-cent stamp. Charles. R. Checkering engraved Anthony's portrait, inspired by an original photograph furnished by the Library of Congress. The Post Office Department issued the stamp exactly fifty years after Anthony met with President Theodore Roosevelt in Washington, D.C., about submitting a suffrage amendment to Congress. The stamp was released at Louisville, Kentucky, on August 25, 1955.
Susan B. Anthony was born to Quaker parents on February 15 1820, at Adams, Massachusetts. She learned to read and write by the time she was three. She devoted most of her adult life to campaigning for woman's suffrage.
The 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees all American women the right to vote. Congress passed the amendment on June 4, 1919, and ratified it on August 18, 1920. Very few of its early supporters, including Susan B. Anthony, lived to see final victory in 1920. Although Anthony had died thirteen years earlier, the 19th amendment is known as “The Susan B. Anthony Amendment”.
-Steven J. Rod, May 16, 2006
Scott Catalogue USA: 1051a
Museum ID: 2008.2007.8